What are the symptoms of breast implant illness?
There are many reasons why a lady would opt to have a breast augmentation procedure done on them. While some will do it for cosmetic purposes, others do it to regain their sense of body confidence after undergoing body-disfiguring procedures such as a mastectomy. Whatever your motivation to get breast implants, the unfortunate thing is that you’ll not only need to worry about the high financial costs involved but also the health consequences that may come to haunt you over time. It is, therefore, important that you remain on the lookout and know what to do if and when the health disturbances begin to show.
About Breast Implants
A breast implant basically involves using a prosthetic filled with saline solution, silicone gel, or composite filler to restore the natural shape of a breast. The introduction of foreign or artificial compounds can have severe health consequences as time passes by. One of the syndromes that come from this is breast implant illness. This condition is characterized by chronic undesirable effects caused by the insertion of silicone or saline breast implants. The symptoms of breast implant illness may vary from one person to the other depending on factors such as genetics, type of implants, auto-immune disease, a progression of illness, trauma, etc.
Symptoms of Breast Implant Illness
If you are worried that you may have contracted breast implant illness, the following are common symptoms that would be exhibited in the initial stages of the condition:
• Hair loss
• Memory loss
• Body dryness
• Recurring infections
• Digestive and gastrointestinal issues
• Thyroid and adrenal issues
• Aching muscles
• Joint pain
• Sensitivity to food and chemicals
What is occurring here, essentially, is the artificial interference and disturbance within the body that starts by affecting the immune system before moving onto the other body systems. This creates a chain of systemic imbalances and irregularities, causing the body to react through the above manifestations. Breast implant illness is highly multifaceted, featuring symptoms that can be linked to oxidative stress, chronic foreign body response, biofilm, and toxicity (chemical, silicone, heavy metal, biotoxin).
Breast implants will usually affect the following systems in the body:
• Metabolic system leading to fatigue
• Neurological system leading to cognitive dysfunction
• Endocrine system affecting the thyroid, adrenal, reproductive hormones, and ADH
• Immune system leading to fungal, viral, bacterial infections, and auto-antibodies formation
• Digestive and gastrointestinal system causing malabsorption, leaky gut, dysbiosis.
The BIA-ALCL usually found inside the tissue that surrounds the implant may spread to other sections of your body such as the lymph nodes. If this happens to you, you are likely to experience symptoms like:
• Continuous inflammation and soreness around the breast implant that can come long after the surgery has healed or years later after the implant was inserted.
• Collection of fluid around your breast implant that may start to leak
• Capsular contracture, a lump that appears under your skin or thick scar tissue that surrounds your implant
Additional Breast Implant Illness Symptoms
The symptoms are generally numerous and can be manifested in various ways. It is therefore critical that you treat any complication that arises with utmost urgency. Given how multifaceted breast implant illness is, the following are further signs that you should prompt you to visit your physician for a diagnosis:
• Drying skin, hair, and mouth
• Reoccurring yeast, UTI, and sinus infections
• Throat clearing, cough, difficulty swallowing, or a choking feeling
• Constant headaches or migraines, dizziness
• Emotional instability and unexplained mood swings
• Shortness of breath
• A bad taste in the mouth, almost metallic
• Sweating in the night
• Burning pain in around the breasts/chest wall
• Gaining or losing weight
• Easy bruising and delayed healing of wounds
• Temperature intolerance
• Low libido
• Heart palpitations
• Inflammation around the eyes
• Premature aging
• Deterioration in your vision
• Discoloration of the feet and hands, feeling cold
• Foul body odor
• Muscle twitching
• Frequent urination
• Chronic pain in the neck and back
• Nail changes (cracking, breaking, slow growth, etc.)
• Skin freckling, color changes, or a rise in papules (flesh-colored raised bumps)
• Sensitivity to certain chemicals and smells
• New or recurrent infections which could bacterial, viral, or fungal
• Anxiety, panic attacks
• Suicidal thoughts
Remember, if you happen to experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms after you’ve had your breast augmentation procedure, I suggest you see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis. We have to mention that there is not enough evidence for them to link implants and implant illness yet… but women are coming forward saying otherwise.